Saturday, October 6, 2012

Holiday Bling Blog Hop hosted by Shelley Graham Turner and Marlene Cupo

Hi Y'all,

Welcome to the Holiday Bling Blog Hop hosted by Shelley Graham Turner and Marlene Cupo.  The rules for this hop were simple, just sign up and Shelly and Marlene picked you a partner.  Once you knew who your partner was, you were to contact your partner and find out a little bit about their likes and dislikes, and whether or not you wanted to swap ornaments or jewelry or both.  

My partner is Alicia Marinache of All Pretty Things blog.  Alicia and I contacted each other and found out what our favorite colors were and what types of things we liked.  We decided that we would do an ornament and a small piece of jewelry.  I was so excited not only for what I was going to receive from Alicia, but what Alicia was going to think of what I sent her.

I searched for and found just what ornament I wanted to make for Alicia.  Then I looked through my stash and found what I wanted to use for her piece of jewelry and got busy, so I could have both pieces done by September 15th which was the shipping deadline. I made the deadline packed it all up and shipped it off to Alicia.  It arrived to Alicia a week later then I was told it would arrive, but I was thrilled when Alicia told me that it arrived and everything was still in one piece.

I received Alicia's package on October 4th and this time I remembered to take picture of the unopened package, the wrapped gift, and then the items inside the gift box.  So here is what I received from Alicia.

Alicia made this Bling Bling necklace out of metal mesh cloth, Bling balls in 12 mm and 4 mm sizes and a Sterling Silver chain with a Sterling Silver "S" hook clasp.  I will love wearing this this holiday season.

This is my favorite piece I love copper and I already had this copper chain that I can hang this very pretty copper and teal crystal pendant from.  I will wear this one often.

I love this ornament it is very unique and I love unique.  Alicia and I are both non traditional in our like of ornaments, and this one in certainly not traditional. I love the teal color with the copper. Thank you Alicia for my beautiful gifts!

Thank you Shelley and Marlene for coming up with this great idea for a blog hop.  I had a lot of fun getting to know Alicia better and creating her gifts.  I hope that y'all do more interesting and fun hops similar to this one.

This is a hop, like it says in the title, so please hop on over to the other participants and see what they have received.

Michelle Fanucchi
 Monique Urquhart
Therese Frank (me)
Heather Otto
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Linda Florian
Debbie Rasmussen
Alicia Marinache (my partner)
Ginger Bishop
Lo/  Lynn Jobber
Leanne Loftus
Rita/Toltec Jewels
Shelly Joyce
Shai Williams
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lennis Carrier
Marla Gibson
Mary Howell Govaars
Shirley Jones Moorehttp://​www.beadsandbread.blo​
Melinda Orr
Marlene Cupo
Shelley Graham Turner
Sonya Stille
Dyanne Cantrell
Anindita Basu
Dee Elgie
Gina Hockett
Lori Jean Poppe
Charlie Jacka
Stephanie Stamper (Woods)
Mary Hicks, Shannon Hicks

Happy hopping Y'all,


  1. What great gifts! And what you sent is so beautiful. How lucky you both are. Christmas came early.

  2. What beautiful gifts, both given and received, Therese! This has been a fun hop!

  3. You can have the ornament out and hanging all year. It is gorgeous!

  4. They are all gorgeous, and I'm with you, that copper piece just stole my heart!

  5. Beutiful is all I can say about your holiday goodies. Just BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for joining our HBBH.

  6. That necklace is stunning! Love It and the ornament! Yay for you! I can't wait to see what you sent her! <3

  7. Beautiful treasures, the copper pendant is stunning and the ornament so unique. Gorgeous work.

  8. What beautiful bling for your holidays - enjoy!

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  10. Therese, you got lucky huh? That silver mesh necklace is so different, love how it drapes. It will be so nice to wear during the holidays. I am like you, love copper, especially teamed up with blue, teal or turquoise. You had a nice haul! Can't wait to see what you created for Alicia.

    Thank you for participating in our blog hop, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! xxoOh! ~ Shelley

  11. OMBeadness... I had to return to comment on the stash you sent Alicia...that lucky, lucky girl. ALL are gorgeous, but the bracelet!! My color and the craftmanship is excellent!

  12. What a lovely variety and happy bling you have received. Congratulations on your good fortune, and have fun wearing the wearables, and looking at the lookable!

  13. Alicia's style is so unique! I love the mesh piece! So different and super shiny. The copper is fantastic. The raffia to hang the ornament is such a great addition too!

  14. What a very lucky girl. These all are so beautiful. I am in love with the first necklace. Awesome work.

  15. I love your items, they do represent "Bling" in the most beautiful way! I know you will be proud to show them off!

  16. Very pretty!! And great way to start the holidays ;)

  17. Lovely bling ... you guys are making me want to go order some copper wire =)

  18. I really like how different the ornament is and the colors Alicia used. What a great piece. That bling necklace is really fun and festive and I would be playing with it the whole time I was wearing it. I love touchable jewelry! and that pendant ~ BEAUTIFUL! the style and the colors and the whole piece is wonderful! enjoy :-D

  19. *gasp* Love the copper pendant. Beautiful gifts.

  20. The gifts you made Alicia are gorgeous! Is the bracelet copper too? And your beaded ornament is so festive and pretty! Alicia must love gazing at it.

    Alicia's gifts are so pretty! I am in love with the teal pearls in your ornament; and the floating heart ♥ -- love Alicia's wire art -- the teal and copper pendant reminds me of the winter moon and the mesh necklace is bling beauty :)

    Happy Holidays,

  21. What fun! Your pieces from Alicia are so unique. I'm sure you'll treasure them. I can't wait to hop over and see what you sent her! :)

  22. Beautiful, I have never seen metal mesh cloth and it is really pretty.

  23. What beautiful gifts! Alicia's work is always so unique and creative!

  24. Therese, it was great 'meeting' you and working together on this challenge! Your gifts are truly both a treasure and treasured - I love everything and as usual I am in awe of your work! Thank you again for everything and for finding the names of the beads for me :)

    This is, indeed, a beautiful way to start preparing for the Holidays :) What I found most interesting is our choice of colours, though ;)

    Going to hop some more soon (we are on our way back home tonight :))


  25. Such beautiful gifts! And I know that you mean about that copper pendant. I wouldn't want to take it off.

  26. The mesh necklace is so cool! And (im not partial) I LOVE the copper necklace/pendant! The ornament is really sweet-teal and copper look so great together! And such an original design! Great job!

  27. Beautiful gifts, indeed! Really love that ornament! And your beaded gifts to Alicia were spectacular!

  28. That copper piece has such a cool, tribal/bohemian vibe! This hop is brilliant :)

  29. I love what you've received from Alicia and the pieces yu sent to alicia are beautiful as well!!! Nice job both of you!